Microsoft Balks Abroad

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-12-11 Print this article Print

The software maker is granted an injunction that temporarily prevents from selling products that Microsoft alleges violates its Windows trademarks.

Microsoft Corp. this week won an injunction from a Swedish court in its ongoing international trademark battle with Inc. According to a ruling in the Stockholm City Court on Wednesday, must stop selling its products in Sweden that use the terms which Microsoft is alleging violates its Windows trademarks, pending the outcome of the infringement case. These terms include Lindows, and LindowsOS. The cost could be steep for the San Diego, Calif.-based—it faces a penalty of 3 million Swedish Krona, or about $409,000, if it violates the injunction. sells a version of the Linux operating system for the desktop that it markets as an alternative to Windows.
Microsoft, which also has sued in the United States over trademark infringement in a case set for a trial early next year, recently took its legal fight to Europe as well.
Disputes between the two rivals extend beyond trademark issues. They also have been trading jabs over a Web site that allows California consumers to electronically file for a share of a $1.1 billion settlement in a state class action against Microsoft. Microsoft has said that the process set up violates the terms of the settlement. Microsoft and keep trading legal shots over claims surrounding a California class-action settlement. To read the full story, click here.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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